Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series from That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.
The Keatyn Chronicles: Stalk me.
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.
I liked Keatyn. She is cute and spunky. And I wanted to like her even more but she just came off as immature and spoiled to me. Which would not have bugged me if she had learned some lessons or matured or something, but she just kept doing the same things over and over again. Like bouncing back and forth, and back and forth from guy to guy. Like lashing out and being a mean girl. (though she did get points with me when she admitted that she was being a mean girl and that she didn’t like it) I think Keatyn has a lot of growing up to do in the next book. And if she actually does grow up, I will be her biggest fan! Because she actually a cool girl if she could just mature a bit.
But I don’t know how she is ever going to mature seeing that everyone she surrounds herself with is even more immature than she is. I thought for sure that I would love Cush. And I did, for about half of the book. Then he acted like a complete idiot! And he didn’t even talk and talk to her or anything. He just fell out of touch for months and then showed up out of the blue. Then I thought, ok Brooklyn is the one. Then he acted like a total jerk. Multiple times. I just didn’t like or really approve of the way the guys acted. Now, I will give them this. It was pretty realistic for how teenage guys would act, but I don’t know why Keatyn would keep going back to them if they treated her this way. I was kind of disappointed with the guys in this book. And I am such a character driven reader, that it really bummed me out while I was reading.
The plot of Stalk Me did keep my interest though. I enjoyed it. I was right about who the stalker was pretty early on, but that didn’t bug me at all. I actually really want to know what is going to happen in the next book, which is strange for me because I didn’t really love the characters. But I am just holding out hope that some real growing up is going to happen. That was really my only problem with the book. I couldn’t decide who it would be perfectly geared towards. Because it is actually mature YA due to the content but the characters are 16 so it is a little too young to be new adult. But I would tend to shy away from the new adult crowd because of the maturity levels of the characters. I think this book would be good for people around 16 that are looking for a more mature (content wise) read, but still a fun and fast paced story.
But don’t just take my word for it. Check out these reviews from people that LOVED Stalk Me 🙂
Heidi @ The Readiacs gave it 5 stars!
Totally Booked gave it 4 stars!
Lives and Breathes Books gave it 5 stars!
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Hmm, while it did not truly deliver I am glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully there will be growth in book two.
Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings
Well I am just starting to see this one around. I can’t say that appeals to me, I hate the mean girl theme and I wojld not like the immature characters. Tha ks for the insight!
Thanks for participating in the book tour and reviewing my book! You’re right. Keatyn is mature in many ways and immature in many ways, like a normal 16 year old. She is going to make mistakes. And she will probably keep making mistakes. It’s part of growing up. Also remember that this is a six book series. You will see a strong character arc for her by the end of the series, but you might not see that in each book The series is about her growing into herself. About her figuring out who she wants to be. And she will, but for book two, you may see her back track a little. She’s been through an awful lot.
It always makes me mad to read a book with young characters who are mean, but let’s face it-that’s reality. And since I LOVE reading realistic fiction in both YA and adult I think I will like this one. I also like that it’s a series of books with her possibly changing/growing.
Added it to my TBR! 🙂